by Max Barry

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Most Inclusive: 1,502nd Nicest Citizens: 1,658th Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,710th
The Commonwealth of
Democratic Socialists
Liberum in pace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.82 billion

LeaderLuke Carlton
FaithRoman Catholicism


The Commonwealth of Reftaria is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Luke Carlton with an even hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, compulsory vegetarianism, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.82 billion Reftarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jacobs. The average income tax rate is 54.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Reftarian economy, worth 592 trillion reftens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 155,026 reftens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Administrative districts are increasingly defined by their taste in housing architecture, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation, the nation's police officers are famously miserable-looking, and Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes. Crime is totally unknown. Reftaria's national animal is the osprey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Reftaria is ranked 140,268th in the world and 5,492nd in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -19.81 on the Hayek Index.

Most Inclusive: 1,502ndNicest Citizens: 1,658thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,710thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,763rdMost Pacifist: 2,269thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,300thMost Devout: 2,611thBest Weather: 2,648thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,711thLargest Retail Industry: 2,797thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,109thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,185thMost Cultured: 3,528thMost Influential: 3,644thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,695thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,639thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,534thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,176thHighest Drug Use: 7,493rdMost Developed: 8,131stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,272ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,573rdMost Advanced Public Education: 11,631stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,690thHighest Average Incomes: 11,778thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,896thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,333rdSafest: 12,976thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,428thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,243rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,647thNudest: 16,544th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 31st in the regionNicest Citizens: 42nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 48th in the regionMost Inclusive: 49th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 52nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 60th in the regionMost Devout: 61st in the regionMost Pacifist: 63rd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 77th in the regionMost Cultured: 79th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 89th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 114th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 134th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 140th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 171st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 212th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 226th in the regionMost Developed: 237th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 242nd in the regionMost Influential: 263rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 263rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 268th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 278th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 302nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 312th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 313th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 320th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 327th in the regionNudest: 346th in the regionSafest: 402nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 406th in the regionLargest Populations: 437th in the regionLargest Governments: 438th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 560th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 563rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 580th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 581st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 619th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Reftaria was endorsed by The Protectorate of Opossum Slayer.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, the nation's police officers are famously miserable-looking.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, administrative districts are increasingly defined by their taste in housing architecture.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, the most commonly-worn shoes are concrete ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, gossip magazines have pictures of Luke Carlton sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, the government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority.


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